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    by Published on 10-25-2011 06:14 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    Looks like BlackBerry App World has made it out of the Beta Zone as of right now. If you head on over to the official app world site you can download version 3.0.1.29 . A few days ago we reported that version 3.0.1.28 was available in the Beta Zone, and that there were quite a few updates. There were a few mixed thoughts on version 3.0.1.28 as many thought it was still a work in progress. With version 3.0.1.29 already available to the public, and released with no change log we can only assume that the changes with .28 have been applied to this release. Could this be the final release that we see for a while? Let us know your thoughts on this version of App World.

    Download It here:
    BlackBerry - App World - Official Store for BlackBerry Apps
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    by Published on 10-21-2011 10:42 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    Over the past few weeks it seems as though RIM has gone to great lengths in order to ensure that developers have all the necessary tools to make great apps for BlackBerry devices. RIM has released version 2.2 of their popular WebWorks SDK. There are a few new features so be sure to check it out. Here are some of the changes and new features in this release:
    • Mac OSX Support – Need we say more? This very exciting and highly demanded feature is now available. A Mac version of the WebWorks SDK installer is available for developers to use and build WebWorks applications using OSX.
    • Payment API – the same API that was recently made available for the BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for PlayBook OS can now be used to sell digital goods through WebWorks applications running on BlackBerry Smartphones. This feature gives developers an incredible monetization opportunity for increasing the revenue of their applications. Read more about our payment service.
    • BB7 net_rim_api.jar – The underlying API library used by the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK has been updated to the BlackBerry® 7 developer APIs. This means that WebWorks developers can now create their own JavaScript Extensions and make use of APIs found in BlackBerry Device Software versions 5.0, BlackBerry 6 and BlackBerry 7.
    • BBM APIs – Developers can now find the BlackBerry WebWorks APIs needed to integrate their applications with the BBM Social platform automatically included as part of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK. Read more about the BBM Social Platform SDK.
    • Side by side installs – The installer has been modified to produce a standalone install of the WebWorks SDK for Smartphone. This feature gives developers the ability to build different versions of their applications based on different versions of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK, which is often a requirement for supporting production code.
    • Memory leak fixes – many performance and stability improvements have been made to the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK to fix memory problems encountered with WebWorks applications running on BlackBerry 6 and 7 OS smartphones.
    If your a developer and want to check it out you can download it here.




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    by Published on 10-21-2011 01:57 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software



    Hey Beta Zone users App World has received another update. This one actually has quite a few updates, take a look at them here:

    • Sleek New Design - The BlackBerry App World experience has been enhanced to help you discover the latest and greatest apps and content, starting right on the BlackBerry App World home screen where rotating spotlight banners show off all that’s new and exciting.
    • New Channels - Apps, Games, and Themes now have their own channels so you can get to what you want even faster. Each channel offers up a whole range of Categories, Top Lists (for Paid, Free, Rated, New Arrivals) and a Search Bar.
    • Introduction of My Account - My Account makes managing your BBID and payment options easy with direct access to all of your account information from the home screen.
    • New My World Features - My World gives you a streamlined view of all your apps and their status, and now at a glance, in addition to seeing which apps are installed and uninstalled, you can manage your subscription content and services. When new updates or subscription renewals are available for your apps, you’ll be notified using push technology.
    • App Social Sharing - When you find an app you can’t live without, share it with your contacts directly from the app details screen through BBM, Facebook, Twitter, email and SMS.
    • Evolved App Details Screen - At a glance, you can get a quick summary, check out reviews and star ratings, take a look at screen shots, and more.
    • More Search Options - Quickly find apps with a Search Bar now appearing on the storefront home screen and search results are presented across Channels as well as My World. Search Bars are also within each Channel and users have the ability to filter by App Name, Price, Rating, Newest, Best Match, or Popular.

    Head on over to the Zone, and start updating. Let us us know your findings.
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    by Published on 10-20-2011 06:21 AM
    Categories:
    1. Official OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    Official OS 7.0.0.374 from Verizon Wireless has reached the BlackBerry Torch 9850. If you have a Torch 9850, get out that USB cord and give your a device a fresh new OS! As always, be sure to let us know how it works for you!

    Note: The Software Platform and Applications version numbers can be found under Options-About screen on the handheld.
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    by Published on 10-19-2011 06:40 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Perhaps the biggest news from yesterday festivities at BlackBerry DevCon 2011, was the announcement of the PlayBook OS 2.0. Version 2.0.0.3778 to be exact offers quite a few improvements, and changes over the current 1.0.7.3312 version. In this quick review were going to touch on some key points that others have found while using OS 2.0 on the PlayBook, and explain some important details you need to know before installing this version.
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    by Published on 10-18-2011 12:58 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Software


    The day many die-hard BlackBerry fans have been waiting is finaly here, DevCon Americas 2011 in San Francisco. RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has started off thing by officially announcing BBX during the keynote. BBX brings together the best of BlackBerry and the best of QNX into one great OS.

    "With nearly 5 million BlackBerry apps downloaded daily, our customers have made BlackBerry one of the most profitable platforms for developers," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "At DevCon today, we're giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we're providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform."

    Not much information was provided right off the bat but we're expecting this to change as the event progresses.

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    by Published on 10-17-2011 10:24 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software

    We have know for a while now that RIM has been working on their next generation BlackBerry OS called BBX. However, we were still unsure of its real name, and what exactly it would be capable of. So like many we have been patiently waiting for more information regarding BBX. Needless to say, we were very excited to hear the latest news regarding the BBX platform.
    In an interview with the Financial Post RIMs Co-CEO Jim Balsillie, said a few interesting things. The first thing he said and probably the most important thing, was the name of BBX. According to the FP, BBX is what Balsillie said would bring RIM back in to the spot light. The second thing that Balsillie said that really got everyone excited was what he said regarding tomorrows DevCon.

    We’ve leapfrogged everyone with what we’re announcing [on Tuesday] and you’re going to see it on display,
    Balsillie also commented on RIM's history.

    We built an engine back in the mid-90s that served us incredibly well for 15 years, and in the past couple of years, we’ve had to build the engine of the future while still driving the engine we’ve got.”
    “We’ve completely had to re-engineer ourselves for the future,”
    These were actually two very profound statements. The first statement is the whole reason why BlackBerry is what it is today, because it was built such on a solid engine. The second statement is profound because it address the questions we as consumers have been asking for months, like why cant RIM move past the same old devices and software, and Why cant RIM's upper management get this. Well apparently they do as they have completely re-engineered themselves for the future. Things are looking better for RIM.
    We are all really excited about what tomorrows DevCon has to offer. We will keep you posted through out the day so stay tuned for more new.
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    by Published on 10-17-2011 06:03 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Software


    Blackberry Desktop manager for Mac has been updated to version 2.2.0.17. Sorry, not much to report here as there is currently no change log. So please let us know your findings.
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    by Published on 10-14-2011 09:42 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Apps,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Looks like its a good day for Beta Zone members. Earlier today the Beta Zone released version 2.0.0.42 for Ticketmaster. Now they have released version 3.0.1.20 update for BlackBerry App World. Seems as though there are quite a few important issues that have been addressed along with a few performance and speed enhancements. The Beta Zone is very important for the development of solid robust apps for BlackBerry devices. It allows for applications to be tested by us as consumers before they go mainstream. This way we can let the developers know of any bugs or issues that come up when using the app. If you do not have a Beta Zone account head on over to the Beta Zone website and get one.

    A list of the important fixed issues are as follows:

    • Performance and speed enhancements across all BlackBerry devices
    • Multiple translation/localization errors
    • Multiple instances of UI lag
    • Apps not appearing in “My World” for some users
    • User continuously notified to update the same applications when on the latest version
    • Memory leak occurring and taking up too much device memory
    • Null pointer exception during downloads
    • Escaping out of viewing app description returns user to top of installed/uninstalled list – App World should not go back to the top of list but return to the previously viewed app in the list
    • Error when opening and closing some apps with the error message: "Uncaught Exception;Attempt to delete a field that doesn't belong to the manager”
    • Unable to upgrade "Try and Buy" app after installing App World 3.0
    • “OutOfMemoryError” when attempting to launch App World
    • No "reinstall" button available for Facebook / BB Bridge / etc in App World after deletion
    • The “Reboot” option is available in the menu of AppWorld 2.1.x.x and it does not show in AppWorld 3.0.0.x

    Discuss this in the forums


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    by Published on 10-11-2011 04:08 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Software


    Today, RIM announced BlackBerry Analytics Service 1.0 powered by Webtrends, a free service that enables developers to collect and analyze data on how their apps are used. With the insight from this service, any developer of Java-based apps for BlackBerry smartphones can:
    • Understand how users are engaging with an app
    • Enhance user experience to drive more downloads
    • Learn how to market apps more effectively
    • Better deal with bugs as they arise

    The BlackBerry Analytics Service is simple and easy to use as developers can integrate tracking into their applications with just a few lines of code. More than 20 interactive reports can be generated which include:

    • Overview metrics showing active users, new users, frequency of use, engagement in duration and depth of use, number of screens viewed, and conversions
    • Detail in usage of screens, content, media, features, products, in-app search, and in-app ads
    • User information including country and language, device characteristics, carrier, connection type and errors

    Developers can register for the service here. More information and step-by-step instructions are available on the BlackBerry Analytics documentation page.
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 07:31 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Software



    About a week ago we wrote an article about the Russian company ElcomSoft, and their ability to exploit BlackBerry encryption. This was big news as there were no known ways to crack or hack a BlackBerry device in the manner described by ElcomSoft. We also stated that there was no reason to sound the alarms, and declare BlackBerry an insecure device. We all know that BlackBerry remains one of the most secure devices on the planet. However, I know its important for various reasons, that users be made aware of tactics that an attacker can use to gain entry to their personal information.
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 09:14 AM
    Categories:
    1. Leaked OS,
    2. BlackBerry News,
    3. BlackBerry Software


    Leaked OS 6.0.0.668 has reached the BlackBerry Bold 9780. If you have a Bold 9780, get out that USB cord and give your adevice a fresh OS. Don't forget to drop a comment below and let us know how it's working out for you!

    Warning: Please remember that this IS NOT an official release OS. If you wish to install this OS, keep in mind that this may cause your phone to not function correctly. BlackBerryOS and any other BlackBerryOS Official sites are not responsible. If you are not comfortable and/or unsure how to upgrade to this OS, please click the link below.
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    by Published on 10-10-2011 03:26 AM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry News,
    2. BlackBerry Apps,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    It was only time until RIM decided to make NFC within the BlackBerry 7 devices something useful. During a keynote presentation at the GITEX conference in Dubai, Jim Balsillie unveilled BlackBerry Tag.

    BlackBerry® Tag, which will be incorporated in the next BlackBerry® 7 OS update*, will allow users to share contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content by simply tapping their BlackBerry smartphones together. BlackBerry Tag will also enable friends to instantly add one another as contacts on BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger).

    BlackBerry Tag takes advantage of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology included in the recently launched BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900/9930 and BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350/9360/9370 smartphones, and these are the first BlackBerry smartphones that will support BlackBerry Tag.

    * Subject to network operator certifications. Check with your local operator for availability.
    This is certainly a great way to incorporate NFC usage into a users daily routine.
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    by Published on 10-07-2011 03:04 PM
    Categories:
    1. BlackBerry Rumors,
    2. BlackBerry PlayBook,
    3. BlackBerry Software

    Things are starting to get exciting once again in the world of BlackBerry. We are starting to hear more and more about this new BBX platform. We got word a couple days ago that new BlackBerry X (BBX) platform, would be announced at the upcoming DevCon in San Francisco. The BBX platform is rumored to be a QNX based OS for the PlayBook and the upcoming QNX based BlackBerry SuperPhones.

    Although we have some information regarding the devices BBX will showcase on, there is still much to be determined in regards to its functionality. A photo taken from a recent QNX blog post shows the name BBX in one of the presentation slides talking about QNX Car 2. This is exciting as it helps confirm progress in RIM's next major move.

    With QNX based Blackberries coming soon it only makes sense for RIM to announce something like this at the next DevCon. I am excited about this, a fresh name, a new OS, and new devices on the horizon. I like RIM's decision to step out of their traditional OS and device models, and move towards something fresh.

    What do you think? Are you excited about BBX?
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